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THE 2024 HUMANS TO MARS SUMMIT

an Explore Mars Event

May 7-8, 2024

The Jack Morton Auditorium, The George Washington University

Washington D.C.


Agenda

May 7, 2024 | Day 1

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Watch the Entire 2024 Humans to Mars Summit Now
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7:30-8:30am ET | Mat Kaplan Interviewing Dr. Tiffany J. Vora
8:30-8:40am ET | Welcome to Day 1 of the 2024 Humans to Mars Summit
  • J.R. Edwards (Explore Mars, Inc. | President)
  • Chris Carberry (Explore Mars, Inc. | CEO)
8:40-9:00am ET | Innovating Our Way to the Moon and Mars
9:00-9:30am ET | Artemis 1-5 Update
9:30-10:00am ET | Artemis to Mars: Key Architecture Decisions
10:00-10:20am ET | Fireside Chat with NASA Associate Administrator, James Free
  • Moderator: Joe Cassady (Aerojet Rocketdyne, an L3Harris Technologies Company | Director, Civil Space)
  • James Free (NASA | Associate Administrator) VIEW PRESENTATION MATERIALS HERE
10:20-10:50am ET | Mat Kaplan Interviewing Patrick Chai:
10:50-11:35am ET | What are the Most Significant Long Poles for Humans to Mars?
11:35-12:20pm ET | How Can We Most Effectively Protect the Physical and Mental Health of Astronauts Voyaging to and from Mars?
12:20-12:30pm ET | Lightning Talk: Collins Aerospace, Next Generation Spacesuit: Building the spacesuit that will take humans from LEO to Mars.
12:30-1:00pm ET | A City on Mars: A Conversation with co-author Kelly Weinersmith
  • Facilitator: Dr. Tiffany J. Vora (Explore Mars, Inc. | VP, Innovation Partnerships; Singularity University | Faculty & Vice Chair, Digital Biology & Medicine)
1:00-2:15pm ET | Lunch Break and Mat Kaplan Interviewing Kelly Weinersmith - A City on Mars: Can we settle space, should we settle space, and have we really thought this through?
2:15-2:25pm ET | Mars Innovation Student Challenge: Award Presentation
  • Janet Ivey (Janet’s Planet | CEO ; Explore Mars, Inc. | Director of Education)
  • Hunter Stanchak (Thrive on Mars | Founder)
  • Dr. Tiffany J. Vora (Explore Mars, Inc. | VP, Innovation Partnerships; Singularity University | Faculty & Vice Chair, Digital Biology & Medicine)
2:25-2:35pm ET | The Power of Inclusion: How BLINC is Cultivating Inclusive Pathways for Underrepresented Communities in Space Exploration
2:35-3:05pm ET | Integration and Communication: The Results of the 10th Mars Achievability and Sustainability Workshop
3:05-3:50pm ET | Major Moon to Mars Science Accomplishments and Essential Precursors
3:50-4:05pm ET | Mat Kaplan Interviewing Scarlett Hartzman & Lucas Lowery
4:05-4:15pm ET | Lightning Talk: Empowering Young Explorers: Harnessing the Power of Youth in Advancing Aerospace Innovation

May 8, 2024 | Day 2

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7:30-8:30am ET | H2M 2024 | Mat Kaplan Interviewing Dr. James Green
8:30-8:40am ET | Welcome to Day 2 of the 2024 Humans to Mars Summit
  • J.R. Edwards (Explore Mars, Inc. | President)
  • Chris Carberry (Explore Mars, Inc. | CEO)
8:40-8:50am ET | Going together – Japan’s Contribution to Artemis: Signing of Pressurized Rover IA
8:50-9:40am ET | Moon2Mars – Integrating NASA and Partners
  • Moderator: Mat Kaplan (The Planetary Society | Senior Communications Adviser)
  • Masami Onoda (JAXA | Director, Washington D.C. Office)
  • Adnan Al-Rais (Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre | Assistant Director General, Space Operations and Exploration)
  • Dr. Didier Schmitt (European Space Agency "ESA" | Strategy & Coordination Group Leader)
  • Dr. Rebekah Davis Reed (NASA | Lead, International Integration, ESDMD) VIEW PRESENTATION MATERIALS HERE
  • Mike Gold (Redwire | Chief Growth Officer) VIEW PRESENTATION MATERIALS HERE
9:40-10:10am ET | Harnessing Synthetic Biology on Mars
  • Dr. Tiffany J. Vora (Explore Mars, Inc. | VP, Innovation Partnerships; Singularity University | Faculty & Vice Chair, Digital Biology & Medicine) VIEW PRESENTATION MATERIALS HERE
10:10-10:30am ET | Mat Kaplan Interviewing Tim Cichan
10:30-11:20am ET | How Can Artificial Intelligence Enable Mars?
11:20-11:25am ET | Lightning Talk: Discover Explore Titan
  • Adele Luta (Explore Titan | Board of Directors)
11:25-12:15pm ET | How Can Innovations From Mars-Focused R&D Drive Value and Improvement on Earth, and How Can Stakeholders Contribute?
  • Moderator: Dr. Tiffany j. Vora (Explore Mars, Inc. | VP, Innovation Partnerships ; Singularity University | Faculty & Vice Chair, Digital Biology & Medicine)
  • Jenn Gustetic (NASA | Director, Early Stage Innovations and Partnerships, STMD)
  • Garuth Acharya (8090 Industries | Principal, Tech Investor)
  • Hunter Stanchak (Thrive on Mars | Founder)
  • Phnam Bagley (Nonfiction, LLC | Partner & Creative Director)
12:15-12:35pm ET | A Single Launch Mars Sample Return Mission to Reduce Complexity
12:35-12:45pm ET | Lightning Talk: Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers (ESCAPADE) mission
12:45-2:00pm ET | Lunch Break and Mat Kaplan Interviewing Florence Pouya
2:00-2:55pm ET | Mars Transit Vehicle
2:55-3:05pm ET | Lightning Talk: From the Classroom to Noctis Labyrinth: How Educational Experiences Fueled My Journey to Mars
3:05-3:25pm ET | Future Proofing Careers on Earth & Mars: Skilled Tradespeople in the Space Industry
  • Moderator: J.R. Edwards (Explore Mars, Inc. | President)
  • Karin Hoffman (Key Innovative Solutions | Founder and CEO) VIEW PRESENTATION MATERIALS HERE
  • Mary Engola (Aerojet Rocketdyne, an L3Harris Technologies Company | Communications Principal)
3:25-3:30pm ET | The Next Generation: Traveling to Mars for Humanity
3:30-3:50pm ET | Mat Kaplan Interviewing Adele Luta
3:50-4:45pm ET | When Will China Send Humans to the Moon and Mars?
  • Moderator: Kara Cunzeman (Aerospace Corporation | Director of Strategic Foresight)
  • Dean Cheng (United States Institute of Peace (usip.org) | Senior Advisor, China Program)
  • Dr. Kevin Pollpeter (Center for Naval Analysis | Senior Research Scientist)
  • Kristin Burke (China Aerospace Studies Institute | Senior Space and Counterspace Researcher) VIEW PRESENTATION MATERIALS HERE
  • Dr. Scott Pace (The George Washington University | Space Policy Institute, Director) VIEW PRESENTATION MATERIALS HERE
4:45-5:25pm ET | Public Pathways to Mars in the 2030s: How You Can Help Shape the Journey
  • Moderator: Mat Kaplan (The Planetary Society | Senior Communications Adviser)
  • Melodie Yashar (ICON | VP, Building Design & Performance)
  • Scarlet Hartzman (Student/Future Engineer and Mars Explorer)
  • Dr. Tiffany J. Vora (Explore Mars, Inc. | VP, Innovation Partnerships; Singularity University | Faculty & Vice Chair, Digital Biology & Medicine)
  • Dr. James Green (NASA | Chief Scientist, Retired)
  • Hunter Stanchak (Thrive on Mars | Founder)
  • Florence Pouya (Afghanistan National Robotics Team | Captain, former)
  • Daniel Tompkins (GrowMars | Founder, Agricultural Scientist)
5:25-5:30pm ET | Closing Remarks of the 2024 Humans to Mars Summit D.C.
  • J.R. Edwards (Explore Mars, Inc. | President)
5:45-7:30pm ET | Closing Reception – 2nd Floor – Jack Morton Auditorium (separate registration)

Welcome Remarks by Dr. Scott Pace (The George Washington University | Space Policy Institute, Director)

May 9, 2024 | Networking Session

8:30-1030am ET | Lindner Commons, Elliott School of International Affairs Building, The George Washington University
Coffee & Brainstorming Session on Mars Exploration: Sip and Strategize, Opportunities and Challenges

May 9, 2024 | Mars Day on the Hill


SPEAKERS

Garuth Acharya

8090 Industries
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Grant Anderson

Paragon SDC
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Erik Antonsen

Baylor College of Medicine
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Phnam Bagley

Nonfiction, LLC
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David Blackmore

Baylor College of Medicine
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Brent Blevins

US House of Representatives
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Chris Boger

Draper Labs
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Laura Burke

NASA Glenn Research Center
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Kristin Burke

China Aerospace Studies Institute
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Chris Carberry

Explore Mars, Inc.
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Joe Cassady

L3Harris Technologies
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Patrick R. Chai

NASA
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Dean Cheng

United States Institute of Peace
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Tim Cichan

Lockheed Martin Co.
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Kara Cunzeman

Aerospace Corporation
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Prasun Desei

NASA STMD
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J.R. Edwards

AEROSPACE
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Mary Engola

L3Harris Technologies
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James Free

NASA HQ
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Mike French

Space Policy Group
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Masaki Fujimoto

JAXA
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Lori Glaze

NASA
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Mike Gold

Redwire
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Gitika Gorthi

Ignited Thinkers
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Jim Green

NASA (Retired)
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Jenn Gustetic

NASA HQ
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Scarlett Hartzman

Student
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Karin Hoffman

Key Innovative Solutions
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Janet Ivey

Janet’s Planet
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Mat Kaplan

The Planetary Society
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Angela Krenn

NASA
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Lauren Landon

KBR, Inc.
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Lucas Lowery

Future Aerospace Engineer
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Adele Luta

Explore Titan
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Tariq Malik

Space.Com
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Mac Malkawi

Borderless Labs Inc.
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Shandy McMillian

NASA HQ
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Jancy McPhee

NASA JSC
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Masami Onada

JAXA
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Scott Pace

Space Policy Institute, GWU
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Shawna Pandya

IIAS Space Medicine Group
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Kevin Pollpeter

Center for Naval Analysis
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Hoppy Price

NASA JPL at CalTech
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Adnan Al-Rais

MBRSC
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Rebekah Davis Reed

NASA
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Mitchell Rosen

Advanced Space
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Michelle Rucker

NASA
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Namira Salim

Virgin Galactic, Astronaut
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Darren Samplatsky

Collins Aerospace
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Mike Sarafin

NASA
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Didier Schmitt

ESA
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Ryan Scirocco

Collins Aerospace
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Hunter Stanchak

Thrive on Mars
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Seamus T. Tuohy

MDA
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Dr. Alonso Vera

NASA Ames
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Dr. Tiffany Vora

Singularity University
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Kelly Weinersmith

Author | A City on Mars
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Pamela Whitney

US House of Representatives
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Peggy Wu

Raytheon Technologies
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Melodie Yashar

ICON
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